Streaming Media

Description

Oral history interview of Christine Elizabeth (Thompson) Falkowski. Interview conducted by Lauren Burrows at Falkowski’s mother’s home in St. Cloud, Florida.

Log

1:00 Decision to join the Army; 1:30 Why she chose Army branch; 1:50 First day of service; 2:20 Description of boot camp experience; 3:15 First few months after basic training; 3:45 First assignment and what it entailed; 4:20Conflicts that occurred during service; 5:02 How job description changed during conflict; 6:25 Most challenging aspect of positions held; 7:25 Most memorable experience; 11:30 Differences Falkowski observed among militarybranches; 12:43 Most rewarding aspect of service; 13:55 Proudest experience during service; 16:25 Most dangerous experience; 18:00 Challenges of being a woman in the military; 20:23 Keeping in touch with family; 21:25Friends who had good luck tricks; 22:03 Off-duty activities; 24:13 Pranks on comrades; 25:48 Favorite place she visited during service; 26:50 Last day of service; 28:35 First few weeks after discharge; 29:20 Friendships formedduring service; 30:58 Career path to journalism; 31:48 Views of today’s military; 34:00 Opinion on wars; 35:49 Impact of military experience on civilian life; 37:30 Hope that current service members recognize their value; finalthoughts

Date of Birth

1956-11-02

Place of Birth

Fort Worth (Tex.)

Gender

Female

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Texas

War or Conflict

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada

Status

Veteran

Dates of Service

1976-1996

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

91st Division

Location of Service

CONUS (Continental United States)

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant, MSG

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Begin date of Service

1976-05-01

End date of Service

1996-06-01

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Rifle Badge Sharpshooter

Achievements

Flight Medic; evaluator/ controller; honor graduate, First Sergeant Academy; PROFIS; manning table specialist, FitzSimons Army Medical Center

Note

Not applicable

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Burrows, Lauren

Interview Date

11-11-2010

Location of Interview

St. Cloud, Florida

Subjects

Falkowski, Christine E., Women and the military -- United States, Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborativeendeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Transcript

Not applicable

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Burrows, Lauren

Length of Interview

38 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio, Sound

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/SpecialCollections/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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